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Thayer preschool registration slated

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jan Thompson

Staff Writer

THAYER -- The Thayer Elementary Preschool is now registering preschool students for next school year.

According to preschool teacher Debbie Hyde, a child must be 4-years-old before Aug. 1. She said the screenings will be held May 5 and 6 and appointments need to be made by calling the elementary school at 264-3911, ext. 140.

Hyde said parents must bring their child to the registration as well as the child's immunization record, Social Security number and birth certificate.

The screenings will consist of speech/language, gross/fine motor skills, personal/social skills and cognitive/thinking skills. She said their progress will be tracked after the screenings. "If a child needs any kind of special service, most of them are available right here in our classroom," Hyde said.

Only 30 students are allowed in the Thayer Elementary School Preschool Program.

Hyde has a B.S.E. in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education. Learning Disabled and Behavioral Disorder. She taught learning disabled and behavioral disorder children for 18 years. She has also been a parent educator with the Parents as Teachers Program for 23 years.

Her aide in the preschool classroom is Mary White. She has been a preschool aide for seven years. She has also been a parent educator with the Parents as Teachers Program for seven years.

"Our preschool program at Thayer is a developmental preschool that provides age-appropriate materials and activities to 4-year-old children," Hyde said.

She said their program is based on the "Project Construct Curriculum," which believes that children learn by being actively involved in their learning environment.

"We seek to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children while encouraging parental involvement," she said.

This year the preschool classroom at Thayer Elementary has taken on a new look. "We re-constructed the layout hoping to give the children more hands-on opportunities with the manipulatives. It has really opened up the classroom as well as their imaginations," she said.

"We also enjoy members of our community visiting our classroom. One such visit involves the Thayer-Mammoth Spring Rotary Club. Once a month, a Rotary member comes and reads a children's book to the class and each student gets a copy of the book to take home and share with their family," Hyde said. She said the community is invited to stop in and visit the class. "We will give them the grand tour," she said.

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